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Fifth Annual Hawaii Homebuyers Fair Coming Soon

It’s that time again, when the Honolulu Star-Advertiser teams up with other co-sponsors and exhibitors to present the annual Hawaii Homebuyers Fair, scheduled this year for Saturday, Aug. 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hawaii Convention Center (1801 Kalakaua Ave).

Besides the Star-Advertiser, sponsors this year are Bank of Hawaii and Locations, while exhibitors comprise more than 30 companies involved in all phases of the home-buying process, as well as maintaining or improving a home once it’s already been purchased.

You’ve heard it before, but it’s really true: With mortgage rates near their lowest levels in decades and more homes coming onto the Hawaii market in recent years, there has never been a better time to buy — and the fifth annual Hawaii Home-buyers Fair can help potential homeowners make their way through the often-challenging home-buying process.

To that end, Locations, the state’s largest locally owned and operated real estate company, which last year recorded the highest number of transactions by a single firm in Hawaii for the sixth year in a row, will be hosting workshops for first-time homebuyers, and Bank of Hawaii will be offering credit and mortgage information workshops, explaining what it takes to qualify for home loans and step into your very own part of the American dream.

Bank of Hawaii, the state’s largest residential mortgage lender, also will host a panel of experts (a Realtor, a loan officer, an appraiser and a tax accountant), to shed light on what it truly takes to purchase a home, as well as workshops on what it takes to sell a home, for families thinking about either downsizing from a larger home to a condo, or moving up in the residential market.

Joining Bank of Hawaii at the Hawaii Home-buyers Fair will be other lenders and mortgage-related companies, as well as home improvement vendors, solar companies, pest control firms and other resources from the community, to help with homebuyer and homeowner education.

Whether you are a first-time or experienced homebuyer, ready to buy or making plans for the future, this is a fair you will not want to miss.

As in past years, attendees thinking about buying a home should bring along their last two years of W-2 forms, tax returns, pays stubs, regular monthly expenses and down-payment source information, so lenders at the fair can provide accurate estimates of their home-buying power.

Admission is free to the public. Not only that, but the first 500 people who pre-register online at will receive free parking, courtesy of Compass Home Loans LLC. The Honolulu Board of Realtors will also be offering attendees a chance to win $100,000, or a Vacations Hawaii trip for two to Las Vegas.

Plus, you’ll be able to learn all you need to know about buying a home in Hawaii. And what could be better than that?

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